This post is the fourth and final in a series about the Teens Make History Avenues of Activism Oral History Project. Be sure tocheck out the Avenues of Activism playlist to watch more stories of activism in St. Louis. Read more »
For some reason, two lines were cut from the end of this letter. During the Civil War, mail to and from soldiers in prison camps was inspected. However, there is no evidence that any of James’s other letters from prison were censored. Since the lines were cut from the end, most likely they would have contained only his closing and signature.
Last week I had the privilege of acting as a courier for the loan of objects to the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City. This was a very exciting opportunity, both for me personally and for the Missouri History Museum.
Left: Costume from Katherine Dunham's performance of Tropics. Missouri History Museum. Read more »
Amid the turmoil happening in Ferguson, Missouri, in recent weeks, the Missouri History Museum hosted a town hall meeting and strategy session on August 25 to provide a forum for our city's youth. The meeting was moderated by activist and author Kevin Powell, who spoke to a full-capacity crowd of nearly 700 people who came to discuss the future of our communities and our young people. Due to the level of interest, the discussion was streamed live to another 800 people who watched from two overflow rooms at the Museum. Read more »
In May 1917, President Woodrow Wilson directed the organization of eight African American infantry regiments for service in WWI. One of these regiments, the 805th Pioneer Infantry, was raised at Camp Funston, Kansas, and included many Missourians. Nicknamed the “Bearcats,” the regiment arrived in France in September 1918. They were assigned to the Department of Light Railways and Roads, where they built and provided upkeep of roads and railroads behind the front lines. They served in this role, performing admirably, until the end of the war in 1918. Read more »
In summer 2009, I received an email from someone in Germany, asking how much of “the German” there was left in Missouri. Never having met the sender, I almost did what most of us do with spam. As I sat there pondering the message, I thought: Why would anyone even take the time to ask such a question? Read more »
On August 22–23, the Missouri History Museum had a booth at my favorite St. Louis event, the Festival of Nations. The annual two-day multiethnic celebration features music, food, dance, crafts, and folk art demonstrations. More than 50 different nations are represented at the festival each year. Our staff ate delicious food at the celebrations, from doro wat (Ethiopian) to jasha maroo (Bhutanese). We were able to watch the energetic moves of the Grupo Atlántico Dancers (Colombian) and hear the beautiful music of St. Louis Spelmannsag (Scandinavian). Read more »
On this day 104 years ago, the designer of St. Louis’s greatest monument was born. Eero Saarinen entered a design competition for the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in 1947. He didn’t live to see the Gateway Arch completed in 1965, but he discussed his vision in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch interview reprinted in the book Lion of the Valley by James Neal Primm: Read more »
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